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It's My Birthday, I'll cheer if I want to.

May 29 at Houston


Sox Project Update:
Put in a beer tap
Had to work overtime tonight to get the days work done and the boys needed a beer.

Short Take: † Rodon pitches well but the bats can't manage much until they break it open late against the dregs of the Houston bullpen.

On a long Friday night in Houston following way too much travel the Sox put in a workmanlike performance. Rodon was solid for the 6.1 innings he pitched but a bad hop and some shoddy defensive play left him staring at a deficit when he was pulled. Against the Astros' bullpen that might have been a problem, but Beckham had other plans and once the Astros got to the dregs of their bullpen the Sox busted it open and went on to win 6-3 in eleven.

Can't blame fans if they weren't expecting much heading into Houston. Rodon hasn't been crisp his first three outings and the Astros have the best record in the majors with a lock-down bullpen and a young hot pitcher on the mound. Early on the game played to form with the two teams trading runs in the middle innings before the Sox decided to throw the ball around the field in the 6th after a bad-hop double allowing the Astros to seize a 3-2 lead entering the 7th. In comes the Astros late inning squad which was 21-1 in games they led entering the 7th this year. Neshak made quick work of the Sox in the 7th, but in the 8th Gordon Beckham drilled a hanging slider deep into the RF stands and tied the game. The Sox were using their middle relievers and after Rodon was pulled with one out in the 7th, Daniel Webb came on and pitched 1.2 innings of 1-hit no walk baseball. Zach Putnum followed with another 1.1 innings but after walking two guys with one out in the 10th in came Dan "gas can" Jennings who much to everyone's surprise promptly induced an infield pop-up and then pulled the string on a hanging change that left Evan Gattis waving at air to preserve the tie.

Meanwhile the Astros were blowing through their bullpen like they could call the whole 40-man roster to play. After pulling the starter in the 5th they blew through 6 pitchers in the next 5 innings. The 6th pitcher, Josh Fields (no not THAT Josh Fields) made it for 1.1 innings before giving up a walk and a single. In came Tony Sipp who actually has pitched well this year. He managed to strike out Melky Cabera but then gave up an opposite field double to 3-hole hitter Geovany Soto. (Yeah, Abreu left the game with his ouchy index finger in the 8th). Soto then scored also on Adam LaRoche's sharp single to give the Sox a 3-run lead. All that was left was for David Robertson to came on and nail down his 10th save. And that's when the cheering started.

So yeah, it's my birthday and the Sox did me a solid, even if it took longer than I would have liked, any win is a good thing and birthday wins are all the more fun. Gotta beat the bad teams too... oh wait that's right, the Astros have the best record in baseball. Well gotta beat the juggernauts too if you want to be a contender for anything. Sox can continue their climb back to .500 tomorrow against these same Astros. Game time is 3:10 in Chicago. It won't be my birthday, so someone else is gonna have to blow out the candle and make a wish. Hopefully they'll get to cheer just as much as I did...

WSI's
Rebuilding Recap:
†Another solid performance as the Sox try to dig out of the hole they are in again.


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